Lamar Goods, highly-touted son of former CFL all-star Bennie Goods, transfers to Manitoba Bisons

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Canadian defensive tackle Lamar Goods has transferred to the University of Manitoba Bisons, the program announced on Tuesday.

The six-foot-four, 290-pound defensive tackle was a four-star recruit out of St Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn. who committed to the University of Florida. He recorded one tackle over two seasons with the Gators before entering the transfer portal in April 2022 and ending up at the University of Northern Colorado.

The native of Fort McMurray, Alta. made Team Canada’s U-18 national team in 2018 at the age of 16. He helped the team win the International Bowl by a score of 44-26, recording an interception. He had 11 NCAA Division I offers coming out of high school, including one from Georgia.

Head coach Brian Dobie credited defensive line coach Shaq Armstrong, who is Goods’ cousin, for helping recruit him to the Bisons.

“He had a great relationship with Lamar for years. It’s almost like Lamar is coming home. His body and the way he can push the pocket is outstanding. Against the run, he is perfectly suited for defensive coordinator Stan Pierre’s defence,” said Dobie in a statement.

Goods is the son of former CFL defensive tackle Bennie Goods, who played 11 years in the league with the Edmonton Elks and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was named a CFL all-star three times in his career and retired with 82 sacks.

“Lamar is a true game-changer from the interior D-line position,” said recruiting coordinator Sean Oleksewycz. “He’s an amazing talent and body that will be on the roster day one. It’s not often that a power five, four-star player picks your school to attend. We are so excited to get Lamar on campus and get working.”

The Bisons also announced the addition of Sean Rowe, a six-foot-five, 310-pound offensive lineman out of Dakota Collegiate in Winnipeg. The former Winnipeg High School Football League Division 1 all-star helped the Lancers advanced to the ANAVETS Bowl this past year.

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“In all my years, he is simply one of the best WHSFL football players I have seen,” said Dobie. “It’s also beneficial that he plays left tackle. He could go down as a Bisons great and moves so well for a 17-year-old of that size and weight.”

“He’s probably the most outstanding high school player in Manitoba,” said Oleksewycz. “He can be a day-one starter as a freshman, just an unbelievable talent. We simply could not let this guy get out of the province. He and his family have been a joy to get to know.”